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This is Part II in a four-part series. View Part I on reggaeandchill.com
Byline: Allie Adams
IN A BIZARRE TWIST OF FATE, LAST WEEK I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW PETER DANTE, THE SUPREME REIGNING COOL DUDE FROM SOME OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES (GRANDMA’S BOY & HAPPY MADISON PRODUCTIONS) AND THE OTHER HALF OF VANA LIYA’S NEW SONG “GIVE LOVE, GET LOVE”.
the two make a seemingly unlikely pair, that is, until you actually talk to them both at the same time and realize they are basically just bff’s in the seventh grade: constant roasting, tons of inside jokes and non-stop laughter. plus, their bouncy, kid-friendly bop features wholesome lyrics and a sweet, playful melody that is just plain adorable.
*this interview is continued from yesterday’s Part 1
PD: And when we decided to make that song we did that shit in two days [their new single “Give Love, Get Love”] with Johnny [Cosmic] …
I’ve seen a lot―like you said I’m old. You didn’t say I’m old, I said I’m old―but you come to feel when [a song] has something to it and this song is so good … In my mind, it really only takes one thing to make you indelible and then all your other stuff becomes timeless around it. Hopefully …
AA: That’s why music is so special right? Every musician is searching for that big break. And invest so much of themselves before they see any return in fame or money form.
PD: [laughs] Especially money form. You know what’s funny? You can get your own little local crowd always and that’s kinda dope, cause everybody loves you and knows your lyrics and all that shit, yet―
I’ll tell you something right now Adam Sandler would have rather been doing tour and writing records that weren’t even comedy at all, than doing any of the comedy or any of the movies he’s ever done, guaranteed. And it’s funny, I think he’s proud of me.
He’s like, “Who’s this kid you’re doing this song with?”
I’m like, “We met online”
He’s like, “What?”
I’m like, “Not like that! [laughs] Oh dude, yeah, we met on Farmer’sOnly.com”
AA: Totally legit
PD: They don’t have that in Long Island. They got White Castle on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa, but they DO NOT have FarmersOnly.com!
VL: Whatever, bro. Who wants to be a farmer anyway?
PD: Only a weed farmer, babe. You like those lollipops dontcha?
VL: Allie, remember I was telling you I passed out?
[backstory: Vana didn’t answer my text for like 12 hours which is very out of character and I was like, “wtf?” and she’s like, “lollipop”]
PD: You understand those are 100 mg? People thought I was kidding
VL: I was so zonked, man
AA: That’s like an entire bag of weed gummies
VL: … It’s just so crazy how fast it works. That’s what happened in Vegas, I ate half of one and took a little nap and woke up and everyone was gone. I was like, “You know what, I don’t wanna go to the casino by myself. I’m just going to eat more of these lollipops”. I had two and I passed out til 11am the next day. So bad
PD: You woke up late, Junior. I noticed
VL: I literally was like, “What did I do with Tuesday?” because I slept all day
[Dante tells us a story about how he was on a tv show recently and he gave the set a few lollipops each and the next day the hair department was complaining to the director that they were too stoned]
PD: Where are you playing tonight, Salt Lake?
VL: We’re playing The Royal. Salt Lake is usually one of the best shows of the tour, they go hard … I’m excited to go, there’s this couple that always puts bands up when they come through, Niki and Josh. And they’re just the most beautiful humans you’ve ever met in your life.
AA: And how was your guys’ show together last Sunday?
PD: You give your version, I’ll give mine. Ladies first.
VL: Well, it was pretty good honestly. It went well … I had never announced that he was going to be at the shows, but the whole time that was our game plan. A lot of people knew we were doing something together, but no one really knew what. It was like a little Meet-and-Greet for him, people were freaking out he was there and like you said, he really is like our generation’s Cheech and Chong kinda deal.
Playing together is dope, it’s the same dynamic as when were together in the studio. When we first started hanging out I feel like we had this instant bond and connection, and that’s stayed the same. Dante, you wanna tell her the first time we met―what you said about the cashews?
PD: Oh, this is hilarious.